Normally this section is the highlight of writing this fantasy recap; unfortunately, this tweet is all I am able to relay about Rodgers this week. The beautiful stat lines that usually occupy this space will be missing for likely the remainder of the season. In other news, the Milwaukee Bucks play the Boston Celtics this Wednesday …
11/21, 124 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Well, it certainly was not a pretty performance from the quarterback, but the Los Angeles Rams found a way to win Sunday in Jacksonville. As expected, the Jaguars’ secondary gave Goff some challenges, but the young quarterback played a relatively clean game and ultimately came away with a victory.
Goff threw a nice forward pitch to tight end Gerald Everett in the first quarter for a four yard score, but was relatively quiet the rest of the day against a stellar Jaguars secondary. The disappearance of Sammy Watkins since his big performance against the Niners hasn’t helped Goff’s numbers. The Rams stellar special teams found them two scores, and their defense was able to snag an interception as well to ensure victory despite the quiet offensive front for the day.
Next week’s matchup is against an Arizona Cardinals team who recently gave up 346 passing yards, most of which to the Buccaneers’ second string quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, should prove a solid start for Goff.
Marvin Jones Jr.
6 receptions, 96 yards, 1 TD
It is hard to tell whether Jones Jr. finally found his stride this week, or if he was just the benefactor of a hefty 14 targets from quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had to put up more than 50 throws on the day. That said, Jones Jr. looked zoned in Sunday, especially when he caught a highlight one-handed touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Lions’ next game is against a top-three Pittsburgh defense which should prove to be a challenge for the turnover-prone Stafford. Jones Jr. remains a question mark going forward, but this game was definitely a good sign.
3 receptions, 38 yards, 1 TD
Jackson had a relatively quiet game aside from a four yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, but playing most of the game with a second string quarterback at the helm may have thrown off the team’s rhythm. The Buccaneers play a below-average Bills secondary next Sunday, and if starting quarterback Jameis Winston makes a return to the lineup, there is potential for big scoring. The emergence of tight end Cameron Brate in recent weeks, return of running back Doug Martin, and presence of star wide receiver Mike Evans should make for a trend toward the Buccaneers’ offense finding its stride very soon. If that’s the case, Jackson should be the beneficiary of this cohesion.
5 receptions, 45 yards
Despite the team pulling away with a last second victory, Allen again found himself playing backseat star to running back Melvin Gordon in the passing game. With a plethora of options at the disposal of Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers, Allen did not have the most explosive of days, but he was able to pull in five catches on nine targets.
The victory over the Oakland Raiders also signaled the debut of Chargers’ first round draft pick wide receiver Mike Williams, which should only mean the passing attack gets more diverse in the coming weeks. While Williams’ return may be good for the team as a whole, Allen may be leaned on less to carry the receiving load of the offense, possibly indicating lower receiving statistics. That said, a reduction in pressure on him may allow more one-on-one matchups which could possibly lead to touchdowns. Allen remains a safe start in most leagues.
9 rush, 17 yards
Not the best day for CJ, especially against a Giants defense that had given up big numbers the previous week to Melvin Gordon. He remains a relatively safe start going forward in the season.
13 rush, 63 yards
Lynch finally was able to run efficiently, averaging 4.8 yards per carry, but failed to find the end zone despite a healthy amount of carries. The Raiders have a short week before playing the Kansas City Chiefs this Thursday. With quarterback Derek Carr not at full health, the Raiders may lean heavily on their running game. Whether Lynch can put together together a solid fantasy scoring game remains a question.
Ethan Epstein writes for Bear Bytes, the Daily Californian’s sports blog. Contact him at